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2. What would your life be like if you were born in North Korea?
Much of this information is based on the “Quality of Life of North Korean” report compiled by the Korea Institute for National Unification.
12. After the age of 13 you would be enlisted in the Red Guard Youth and receive about 300 hours of rudimentary military training annually, according to Country Data.
After formal education, you would be required to perform military service. The constitution states: “Defending the fatherland is the supreme duty and honor of citizens. Citizens shall defend the fatherland and serve in the armed forces as prescribed by law.”
17. After your military service you would be directed to the industry that needed your labor the most. Most workers will make on average of $2 to $3 per month in pay from the government, as reported by U.S. News & World Reports, if they get paid at all.
Unless you are highly skilled or privileged, the only work available would be labor or factory work. There are even reports of having to pay your company to work there.
18. You only would have been allowed a university education if you were very privileged. That would be the only hope of securing a position outside manual labor and ensuring a place in the state sanctioned aristocracy.
All real power and privilege in society would stem from connection to the tight-knit political and military aristocracy.
26. Just a glimpse….
- One person died and more than 100 others were injured after a commuter train crashed into a New Jersey Transit station in Hoboken.
- Fans of Donald Trump say Bill Clinton's past indiscretions are fair game at the next debate.
- Asos workers at the heart of its global retail empire say they're being treated like machines to deliver fast fashion.